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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder [w/video]
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    "Do not pass the factory driver in the 911 Turbo S." Fifteen minutes later, I'm skeptically pondering that admonishment as I strap into the carbon-fiber tub of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the German automaker's latest supercar. With even a cursory glance, the two-seat, gasoline-electric hybrid, with ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet SS
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    As the year of 1972 was drawing to a close, my father had finally saved up enough money to buy himself his first new car, and his heart was set on a Chevrolet Chevelle SS. And no wonder – the midsize Chevy Super Sport had earned a reputation for performance with rugged good looks to match. ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Nissan GT-R [w/video]
    A Tiger That's Been Potty-Trained 1385571300

    Although the first Skyline GT-R from Nissan arrived in 1969, in the 46 years since, there have nearly been as many years without a GT-R as with. The first two generations were produced from 1969 to 1972, the next three generations stretched from 1989 to 2002, and the most recent (just plain GT-R ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
    Watching Hyundai Hit Its Stride 1385485020

    It's not easy to drive a prototype-level version of the upcoming, second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan. Three hours in airports; fourteen hours in a plane; two hours riding in a car from a Iuncheon to my hotel in the now-famous Gangnam district of downtown Seoul; another two hours-plus on a ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Cadillac ELR
    When Looks Are Everything 1385398620

    Cadillac wowed crowds at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009 when it unveiled the Converj concept. At a time when hybrid vehicles were boring and electric vehicles induced range anxiety, the luxury brand's exciting new concept was a plug-in, extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) that promised sexy ...

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    First Drive: 2014 SRT Viper TA
    Listen When The Forked Tongue Speaks 1384793820

    SRT CEO Ralph Gilles could have been detailing his brand's top-secret plans for the next five years, or taking potshots at the Corvette for all I knew. I was only about 10 feet away from Gilles as he was telling a small group of assembled media something or other about the history of the Viper ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Soul EV Prototype
    The People's Box Goes Electric 1384361880

    Spend a few days chatting with the good people of Seoul about their neighbors to the north, and you'll find a pattern emerges. When they first start talking, South Korea's citizenry speaks openly and ardently about seeking reunification with their North Korean brothers and sisters. Yet once you ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi S3 Sedan
    Like The B5 S4, Only Revisited And Remastered 1384275420

    For the last few years, Audi has been publicly toying with building a successor to its Ur-Quattro, a model still glowing in a gritty patina of motorsports glory decades after it left the scene. If anything, the rally car's halo has burned brighter as Audi has matured into a world luxury ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid [w/video]
    Trekking Where No Hybrid Has Gone Before 1384189020

    The butler announcing arriving guests to the hybrid party has just called Subaru's name, at long last. The XV Crosstrek wasn't even supposed to come to the US, but the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid endows it with a suit tailored for our regulatory dress code, adding all that weighty battery goodness ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Nissan Rogue
    A Mighty Fine Crossover For The Global Set 1383321420

    When I first started in this whole automotive journalism biz, I held a sort of hodgepodge receptionist/gopher/production assistant role, and each morning as the staff filed in, I'd ask them how they liked whatever car they were assigned to drive the previous night. Most of my colleagues would ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW i3
    When Is A BMW Not A BMW? 1382630220

    We can only imagine the challenges BMW is going to have explaining the i3 electric vehicle to the world. It's got a new powertain (all-electric, with optional range extender), a new production method (carbon fiber reinforced plastic!), a new brand (the 'i' line) and a new vehicle type (it's a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S [UPDATE]
    What Happens When A Restaurant Alters Your Favorite Dish? 1382025420

    A little more than two years ago, I called the 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage "an intoxicating machine masterfully engineered to gratify every emotion in a car enthusiast's soul." It wasn't difficult to understand why, as the aluminum two-seater was like an old-school muscle car in its mechanical ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid [w/video]
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    Delivering On Promises The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid should surprise no one. Its look is something we've seen since the non-hybrid versions went on sale last year. Its powertrain, mostly, we are familiar with from the already-on-sale Accord Plug-In model. And the overall vibe of the car? Well, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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    A Meaningful Midsize Mulligan First dates can be rough. We've all been there – forcing your way through some conversation, trying to find common ground, nibbling your way through a meal you'll no doubt end up paying for yourself. The person across the table may be perfectly nice, and means ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E [w/video]
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    The Swedes Bend Sixes And Fives Into Fours With government agency pressures mounting, the auto industry's latest engine and powertrain trends invariably include the cobbling of heretofore eight-cylinder models into charged (either turbo- or super-) six-cylinder models, six-cylinders into charged ...

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    First Drive: Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer
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    An Iconic Sports Car, Restored to Seduce I have been strapped behind the iconic Momo Prototipo steering wheel for a little more than an hour, all windows down as I carve my way up a rugged canyon during an unusually warm Southern California evening, and I am overwhelmed with emotion. My heart is ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi SQ5
    No Diesel? No Problem 1380815820

    With the exception of a handful of markets (including the US), the Audi SQ5 was a pioneer for the company's S/RS performance line as it was the first model to wear the badge and also get diesel power. Our general "everything is better with a diesel" mentality was put to the test when we first ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mazda3 Sedan [w/video]
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    Playing Favorites We're not going to beat around the bush: for the kind of person who willfully chooses to take longer, windier and more scenic routes to get to Point B, the 2014 Mazda3 is the new compact car measuring stick by which others will be judged. That doesn't, of course, make it the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C [w/video]
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    The Baby 458 Since it debuted this car as a concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo has managed to keep the buzz alive for its 4C sports car – a huge accomplishment in its own right for this wildly adored, long suffering and eternally cash-strapped company. Being luckily ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
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    Cowboy On A Champagne Budget Trucks are more expensive than ever these days. This is a growing trend we've observed over the years, something that we are still taken aback by when having a close look at the window stickers of our new test trucks, and something that you commenters point out just ...

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